This is the big one. I am like Jo March in that my hair is my one vanity. I don’t wear makeup and I’ve never been able to stick to a skin care routine that’s too complicated or reliant on expensive products. But I do love to take care of my hair. In college, I donated my waist-length hair to Wigs for Kids, cutting back to a funky, shoulder-length shag. I also dyed it burgundy. I felt fun and hip again, but I also felt less feminine. Fast-forward to about 3 and a half years ago, when I got all my previously-dyed hair cut off and started growing out my natural hair color. I have a few grey hairs, but I don’t plan to color my hair again.
Archive for February, 2011
We’ve all heard of comfort food. Those guilty, high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar vices that we all seem to have. Those treats to whom we run when life gets tougher. Chocolate is a biggie. Or baked goods. Or things that are fried.
One thing I discovered that I love is milk steamers. At a coffee shop, a steamer is basically a flavored latte without the coffee. That is, hot milk and flavoring mixed together. But ever since I learned that citric acid can have MSG in it, and most flavor syrups have citric acid, I haven’t ordered any flavored coffee drinks out at coffee houses. But I can make my own, with nourishing sweeteners, like honey and maple syrup, and organic flavorings. And today, I learned that adding a beaten egg yolk and heating it with the milk makes a rich, drinkable, warm custard.
dash of salt
While I used to eat oatmeal in cold weather, my new favorite thing is millet. It’s gluten-free, and it happens to be the cheapest bulk grain at my organic store. I thought I’d share my recipe for basic millet porridge for you, since it’s such a frugal way to base a meal. I mostly eat it for breakfast, but it would make an excellent bed for any kind of topping. I’ve made hearty meals, with meat and eggs on top of millet, and I’ve made simple breakfasts of millet with butter and honey.
I’ve decided to start a Wednesday series devoted to my beauty rituals, which I base around natural ingredients and simple practices. Today, to officially begin the series, I’ve chosen to focus on my personal skin care routine. As a teenager and younger person, I never experienced much acne, and even now, I rarely get more than one or two blemishes at a time. While proper skin care can help a variety of ailments, I find that the biggest influence on ones outward appearance is diet. When I nourish my body with appropriate, natural foods, my skin looks healthy and glowing.
It’s Monday morning. Always a good time to take stock of what you’re been doing and where you’re going. Last week, I did lots of blogging, lots of cooking (as usual) and even started researching and writing my next Wellness the Wild Woman Way article. This in addition to my normal job. I hope I can continue my productivity this week!